SIRT-Selective Internal Radiation Therapy

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SIRT-Selective Internal Radiation Therapy

by Sharcher on Wed Oct 19, 2011 05:07 PM

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About 4 wks ago, my husband underwent SIR-Spheres (Yttrium-90 resin microspheres) treatment administered to his liver tumors due to metastacized colon cancer originating in January 2010.  Prior to this treatment,  he underwent 12 rounds of chemo. As of Oct. 2010, his PET/CT were negative until the latest scans done in July 2011 - showing metastasis to the liver. 

The Spheres procedure was done at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville Fl. In about another 3 wks, we will return to Mayo for his scans & blood tests and then.......what comes next?

I'm wondering if anyone from this discussion group has had a similar experience with getting the "SPHERE'S" treatment & then some form of chemotherapy after?  Anxious to hear from anyone having colon cancer with metastasis to the liver! 

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by ozkat on Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:09 AM

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My husband had similar diagnosis to yours. He underwent SIRT treatment and it allowed him to have a very good quality of life for about 12-15 months afterwards until the liver tumours eventually progressed.  No doubt someone will have told you that SIRT will not cure anything but the treatment definitely slowed the progress down quite a lot and he lived his life to the full during that time.  He lost his battle at the beginning of last year however I do think the SIRT treatment was worthwhile and made a difference.  Chemo (can't remember what it was) afterward could not be sustained as he reacted so badly to it.  Everyone is different in how they handle the various chemos - you've got to find one the suits. Good luck with your journey and enjoy the time you have with your husband.  It's a precious time.

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by caseyd on Thu Oct 20, 2011 02:52 PM

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My husband, who has stage IV colon cancer with 7 tumors in his liver, had the SIRT Procedure done at Kenneth Norris Cancer Center at USC in LA. The Procedure was divided into 3 parts - the mapping and then each side of the liver was done separately due to the position of his tumors.

The last part was done 1 month ago. The plan is to have a PET scan in 5-6 weeks (8-10 weeks after the first procedure) and see how effective the treatment was. If it successfully decreased the size of the tumors then he will be eligible for an oblation surgery to erradicate the rest of the tumors.

Our hope is the these treatments are effective enough to rid him of this terrrible disease and regain our active lives.

Best of luck to you and hope this helps!

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by Sharcher on Fri Oct 21, 2011 12:38 AM

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Thank you for responding so quickly.  I've never heard of ablation surgery. Is that done by laser? Before doing the SIR-Spheres, my husband & I looked into a new procedure being developed at Mayo Clinic called Laser Ablation.  (It is actually done in an MRI machine). We had actually favored this over the Spheres.  I believe the tumor size & how many tumors were a big factor.  However, I'm very interested to know more about the procedure your speaking of. (I wonder if it's one of the same.)

My husband goes for his MRI/CT on Nov. 10...Must have Positive Thoughts ONLY!!!! 

 

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by caseyd on Mon Oct 24, 2011 04:07 PM

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Yes, it is the same thing. They could not do it orginally for my husband as he had too many tumors.

Best wishes to you and your husband.

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